Post # 1
My wedding venue only allows us to have the space for 5 hours wigh reception and ceremony a 5 minute walk from eachother. Looking for opinions on a cocktail hour with or without hors d’oeuvres.
Im feeling like it’s a little unnecessary to have passed small bites during an aproximately 30 minute cocktail hour but my fiancé thinks it a must. The bar will be open during this time
Our time line will be ceremony at 6, cocktail 630(ish) ending at 715, dinner to follow
Please let me know what you think!
Post # 2
Our venue required is to have food if we were serving alcohol. And it made total sense to me. You don’t want to start serving alcohol without food.
Post # 3
My rule is that you never serve alcohol without food. It doesnt have to be elaborate.
Post # 4
thatgirlelle : Definitely have food. What if you’re late and cocktail hour ends up running longer than expected? Better be safe.
Post # 5
It’s kind of a must. You don’t want empty stomaches drinking.
Post # 6
Don’t serve booze without food, even if it is just veggie and fruit trays with some cheese and crackers.
Post # 7
I agree with PP’s above. You don’t want your guests getting plastered before they have even sat down for dinner.
Post # 8
i said not needed, but I hadn’t read it right. I thought it was whether or not a cocktail hour (with hors d’ouvre) was needed. So I sid no: because of course you can go straight from ceremony to reception.
But yeah, if you’re serving alcohol during a 45 min cocktail hour then there has to be something to soak that up. You can keep it simple: get a cheese platter from costco and some nice crackers.. but people need to have something to coat their stomachs.
Post # 9
Thank you Ladies! You all have been extremely helpful!
Post # 10
I don’t think you need passed hors d’ouvres for a cocktail “hour” that short, but you should have some food. Cheese plates, fruit, and crudites would all be good choices.
Post # 11
I’m in the minority here, but I don’t think they’re needed. People will probably use the restroom and get a drink. By the time they sit down they’ll only have 20 to 30 mins to kill. If you just have a few bowls of peanuts or something on the table to snack on I think that’d be fine. My family aren’t big drinkers, so they would probably only consume 1 drink in that time period. Which isn’t really enough to get drunk on. You’ll know your crowd better though. If you think they’ll drink heavily for the half hour or so, then I’d do appetizers.
Post # 12
I’m a fan of having some kind of food available when there is an open bar. That being said, I don’t think you need passed hors d’oeuvres but I would definitely have fruit/veggie and maybe cheese/cracker trays.
Post # 13
Your ceremony at 6pm is already at mealtime. And most people wouldn’t have eaten since way earlier (taking the time to get ready then go to the wedding) so they’re going to be hungry once the ceremony is over. I think they’re necessary. Our ceremony was earlier and people ate up all our hors d’ouvers.
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course
If you have alcohol I think some sort of nibble food is wise. My sister was champagne tipsy before the ceremony, uncle hit the bar twice before they even set all the cocktail hour food out. Thankfully they both had access to the bridal suite spread otherwise I doubt Maid/Matron of Honor would have made it up the stairs or down the aisle without assistance. 😅 But as pp mentioned you know your guests best.
Post # 15
I won’t drink until I at least have a cracker or something. Personal policy. I second the cheese tray.